Château Palmer Margaux, Grand Cru Classé
We woke up at 9am today. We got ready by 11:30am because I took a while to shower and I put on a full face of make-up today. We drove out to buy some pastries. We bought a doughnut, four small doughnuts filled with chocolate, a Portuguese tart, and one fruity cake. We brought it back to our hotel room for breakfast and had some peaches, apricots and bananas. Unfortunately I had to throw away my yogurt because I left it in the car last night.
Château Palmer – Margaux, Grand Cru Classé, Grand Vin De Bordeaux
At 2:15pm we drove to Alex’s favorite Chateau: Palmer. The entrance was high tech: we spoke on the telecom and then they removed the barrier. It was so impressive. The tour guide is Celine, who is accompanied by Melody, who is in training. Celine has been working as a guide for thirteen years, so she will be moving to production soon. The chateau was built in the 18th century. They renovated it from 2010 to 2012.
Celine is my second favorite tour guide after Francois from Chateau Qvintus.
It is in the Margaux appellation in Bordeaux and is a third grown in the original classification of 1855. It is one of the most popular third growths. One part of the estate was divided by two heirs in the Foix-Candale family in 1748, and 50 hectares of the vineyards came to the Gascq family. In 1814, Madame Marie Bumet de Gerriere sold it for 100,000 to Charles Palmer. Currently Sichel and Mahler-Besse are the major shareholders of the winery. Thomas Duroux has managed the property since 2004.
Before the tasting she showed us the vineyard, which I find pretty cool. It is 55 hectates and it is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 47% Merlot, and 6% Petit Verdot. Lastly, she took us to the reception area, the vat room, and the cellar that holds the vintages for 2013 and 2014, which requires three rooms total.
Afterwards we went to the old, or private cellar. Then we went to the garden and saw the front of the chateau. The chateau is traditional with a beautiful crawling grape vine on it. The chateau is beautiful and reminds me of Cinderella’s palace.
We met with some new friends, an American Indian couple: Mdm. Rashmi and Mr. Nehrain Goel. She works as a software sales in Oracle and he is a CFO in a startup company. We decided to meet at La Boite A Huitres for dinner.
Lastly we went to the tasting room, which had an art exhibition from a painter. It looked like an ocean with the sky. Alex bought six wines: three from 2006 Palmer, and three 2011 Alter Egos. Overall I thought this visit was normal and the wines are average, but Alex loved it.
We drank two red wines: a 2006 Chateau Palmer label, and a 2011 Alter Ego. Alter Ego is the second label, but not a second wine, since the quality of the grapes is the same, they only employ different winemaking techniques.
Alex and I reached the city of Bordeaux at 6pm, so we strolled along the area and had some wine with cheese at an Italian bar. The cheeses were great: bleu cheese, sheep cheese with truffle, and cheese with pepper. We had two different white wines. After that we went to Saint Catherine Road. We also bought some souvenirs at a shop: a shirt and a cap for Saigon Baby. We also got ten postcards and a magnet, all for 40€.